Promotion of the Ainu Culture

The Agency for Cultural Affairs has been designating Ainu cultural properties from the perspective of cultural properties protection and supported projects under an initiative of the Hokkaido Government Board of Education.
In May of 1997, in view of the current state of the Ainu traditions and cultural properties that are a source of pride for the Ainu people, the Law for the Promotion of the Ainu Culture and for the Dissemination and Advocacy for the Traditions of the Ainu and the Ainu Culture was enacted. By advancing various policies to promote Ainu traditions and culture, the law aims to create a society that respects the ethnic pride of the Ainu and also contribute to the development of Japan's cultural diversity.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs strives to promote Ainu culture through programs carried out in accordance with this law by the Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture, which include assistance for research regarding Ainu, promotion of the Ainu language, projects for transmitting and reproducing Ainu culture, cultural exchanges on Ainu culture, projects for diffusing Ainu culture, commendation of outstanding Ainu cultural activities, and the project for reproducing traditional Ainu living spaces (iwor).